There’s no doubt that the
airline industry suffered tremendously as a result of the pandemic. Several
airlines even closed because of the lack of passengers. Some routes serving
small communities are no longer operating. Since tourism is virtually
inexistent, there’s no way for these airlines to recover. However, the issues
pure seeing how barely even scratch the surface. There are more problems that
are yet to be solved, and there’s no time to recover.
Pilots need to train
Apart from money issues, safety
standards are now at risk due to the pilots not being able to train. They
couldn’t continue flying and some of them have even been retrenched. Even as
the industry resumes normal operations, these pilots might have to retrain and
guarantee safety. The first few years could end up being shaky due to the lack
of quality pilots.
The previous flights won’t come back
Right now, some airlines have to
continue flying certain routes even
if there are no passengers. They have to do it to keep the chance to fly
those destinations. They need to have the same operational cost and also pay
the route reservation fees. They do it even without receiving any profit.
Therefore, some airlines decided to put an end to some routes. They won’t come
back any time soon. Communities that rely on these flights won’t have any
flight and it’s terrible for some economies. It’s not only inconvenient for
people who couldn’t fly directly to certain destinations, but to the flow of
goods and services too. The local economy could suffer as a result. Add to that
the difficulty of flying some patients in and out of the area since there are
no flights available.
People are still fearful of flying
Even if the pandemic begins to
subside, there are still people who will fear flying. It’s a risk, and it will
remain a threat to
aging people. These are the ones who constantly travel since they have more
time. If they remain vulnerable, they will probably not return to their normal
Some airlines were already on the
brink of failure
Even before the pandemic began, some
airlines were already on the brink of failure. The pandemic was the final nail
in the coffin. Since they no longer make profits, they end up closing. Others
are also going to fold soon if things aren’t getting better. The problem is
that in most instances, it will be like a domino. Once an airline falls, several
other related industries could suffer.
Hopefully, this problem will soon be
over. There’s nothing we can do to change the reality now, but we can hope the
vaccines will soon be available for everyone to have. It’s the only way for the
road to recovery to begin. Once things get better, you can organize a local
trip. Help your local community first and bring local tourism back to life. The
rest will follow if hope returns on the horizon.
1st and featured image
2nd image from https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/09/26/coronavirus-airlines-say-flying-is-safe-but-new-study-reveals-potential-for-superspreader-disaster/